Sunday, 31 October 2010


Yay my blog is officially one today :) 
Happy Blogday.

 Piece of cake anyone??

Friday, 29 October 2010

Ag day is again upon us...

Ashers "white" floral arrangement
Today was spent with a class full of fidgety children....arranging flowers, ripping petals off of pretty flowers and sticking them with Vaseline to black cardboard (in our day it used to be stuck to a saucer)...and sticking toothpicks into vegetables and creating some kind of vege/fruit monster animal.

I'm actually trying my hardest to sound "ho-hum" about it, but in reality, I had fun :) heehee.  It took me back to my primary school days!

Here's a few pics from our morning :)

Blurry pic of Kylie (Life saver) with Kendyl 

Kendyl was being a bit of a pain until she made friends with Kylie .... and claimed her knee! :) ((Thanks)).  Kylie, (I just found out today) is also here at blogspot. You can check out her blog HERE.  She has a gorgeous daughter in my sons class.

Some of the creations and hardwork from the day....

This is "Mrs Bennett" Ashers lovely teacher.

A great day was had by all....and roll on tomorrows Maungatapere School Agricultural day!

Utter Bubbly goodness....

Man I love Bubble gum. 
I have as long as I can remember. 
Unfortunately I think this might be something that I have passed on to my son, as he's a real bubblegum-oholic and would spend all of his allowance plus any money he's found here and there, on bubble gum.

My very favourite is Hubba Bubba, outrageous original.
I first tried Hubba Bubba when I was living in Australia, so Im guessing I must have been about 8 years old, (30 years ago now!!!!) In those days "Outrageous original" was not it's name. It was just "hubba bubba" as there was ONE was red in colour and if my memory serves me right, it was quite a bit firmer than todays pinky soft concoction.  Perhaps it was because we were "hard" back then and our jaws were used to struggling with bubble gum...these days it's almost like it's "pre-chewed!!" lol.
This is an early Hubba Bubba wrapper, almost like I remember.

I still remember the ad....there were 2 cowboys having a "draw" and hubba bubba winning.  Then the voiceover said "Big bubbles ... No troubles"  (as it was guaranteed not to stick in your hair!!...or to your face like some do).

Anyway, I hadn't indulged in any Hubba Bubba goodness for a while, and the last time I had it was some ungodly flavour that Asher loved...either that strawberry or grape flavour, which was not disgusting, just not to my liking.
However the week before last, I decided to treat my son to some tattoo gum, when I spotted the "outrageous original" Hubba Bubba.
Something in me stirred.
My tastebuds tingled.
I gave in and added the 90cent treat to the goodies on the counter.

I drove to the bus-stop to meet my son, and popped one of the pieces of gum into my mouth,and WOWEE... the flavour ROCKED! 
It was really weird, but all of my memories of living in Sydney.... walking to catch the train to school....stopping at the corner shop and getting several packets of Hubba bubba...all came flooding back in that instant.  I remembered our house.  All sorts, unlocked just by that taste of Hubba Bubba. :)
Then I did a disgusting thing...
I swallowed my gum, just like I used to when I was 9....opened another piece and chewed with great abandon........then I blew the most amazing bubble which covered my face and somehow got stuck to my eyelashes and brows...and a few stray head-hairs. 
By the time Ashers bus arrived the packet was gone, the car smelt like bubble gum and I was still picking at my matted eyelashes... heehee...

But MAN it was awesome........................and since then I must have purchased at least another 6 packets!! heehee.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Down at Uncle Rons and Aunty Elmas ... (Part 1)

Mmmm...Tamarillos which we made into yummy Chutney...
Nice bright flowery colours contrasted by gorgeous blue corrugated iron
Oh..and more Tamarillos
The welcoming doorway...with clogs all lined up
Bright orange flowers..
One cute furry 4-legged family member...and some toes
One Aunty Di...My Mummy and Steph' in the background
My Dad talking to the Hyslop Cuzzies (Roy cooking breakfast)
A gorgeous garden art piece
The man I love with all my heart and our baby ...and blossoms in the background
 Bottles all lined up in a row
 My boy squeezing his big cousin
 Two hungry little piggies trying to squish their heads through the fence

 Gorgeous flowers
...............there's more to come, but its now 2.22am and I gotta get some sleep...
will finish this next time :)